God, with great demonstration of love, forgives the truly repentant

Scripture reference

Luke 15:11–31 (ASV 1901)

11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himse...


Chinese farmer, Chang Fang Yuan, heard the story of The Prodigal Son from Miss Louisa Vaughan in a tent meeting. Chang had attended simply "to hear a white woman speak Chinese," but by the end he saw himself as the Prodigal and begged to know how to get back to his Heavenly Father. The farmer was saved and boldly returned to his village in spite of the promise of great persecution.
Cheng Ting Chiah was able to powerfully relate the Parable of the Prodigal Son in his preaching because he personally identified with the story in every way. Most importantly, his identity was as a recipient of God's gracious love since he had been delivered from the terrible grip of opium.
A wealthy Italian lady of the 1920's was reading a French romance novel, into which the author wove the parable of the Prodigal Son. Quite apart from the novel, the parable struck the mind and heart of the reader such that she saw herself as the Prodigal. At the same time, God led an evangelist to her door who was able to show her the parable in Luke’s gospel, and to explain to her the implications of God’s love.
Reverend Weitbrecht shared the Good News to an ever-increasing crowd of nineteenth century Hindus. They were so taken with the love of God as depicted in the story of the Prodigal Son, that they begged him to tell them more.